When Amy Pitcher graduated from college in 2008, jobs in the construction industry were scarce.
The housing bubble had burst, banks were collapsing and companies were laying off employees. The economic turmoil during this time period would become known as the Great Recession.
Pitcher, who earned a dual bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and mechanical engineering, took the first job that became available at a company called Kiser Hydro. As a project engineer/project manager, she took care of the field services work and mechanical components for hydroelectric dams.